The second-ever Tamandua to be born in a Uruguayan zoo came into the world on February 27 at Bioparque M'Bopicuá. Uruguay’s first captive-born Tamandua was also born at the Bioparque in September 2014. In the video below, the newborn calls to its mother, and she rushes over to check on her baby.
Also known as Lesser Anteaters, Tamanduas may look strange, but every body part has a purpose. Their long snouts can poke into anthills or termite mounds, and their sticky, 16-inch-long tongues gather up insects. Huge front claws tear open termite mounds and help Tamanduas climb trees, while prehensile tails help them hang on.
Tamanaduas are big stinkers – literally. They spray a smelly substance that’s said to be four times as powerful as a skunk’s. This powerful scent makes Tamanduas unappealing to predators like jaguars.
Baby Tamanduas are born after a five-month gestation. Right from the start, the babies sport very large claws. Babies ride on their mothers’ backs for the first few months of life. At this time, Tamanduas are plentiful in their home range in Central and South America.